For more than 25 years, Altogas has supplied homes and backyard barbecues with tanks of clean-burning, eco-friendly propane gas. After depleting their existing reservoirs, customers roll the empty cylinders to Altogas headquarters, where technicians safely replenish them with new, fresh supplies. Returning home full and ready to burn, each tank can resume fueling a standard barbecue grill, turkey deep fryer, or two-fifths of an animatronic bear band.
Water Works Salon & Spa's cavalry of certified therapeutic bodywork practitioners, aestheticians, and stylists subdue somas and shine strands with rejuvenating treatments. The one-hour Swedish massage employs soothing strokes to melt stress icebergs into lolling leisure streams. Following the massage, jelly-muscled clients are swaddled in a choice of one of four body wraps. The blueberry-soy slimming body wrap helps tighten and sculpt tissue into a moving, breathing statue and the mango enzyme body wrap sloughs off dead skin cells with exfoliating pineapple and microscopic skindozers.
Shaner Avenue Nursery owners and staff have extensive training in horticulture and forestry, which helps them keep an inventory of trees, shrubs, and perennials thriving. Fill gardens with rhododendrons ($35.97), a few of nearly a dozen varieties of junipers ($7.97+), or a member of the hydrangea family, which includes nine siblings in white, pink, and blue ($7.97+). Those who revel in eating everything they bury in the ground can plant raspberry shrubs ($5.97+), a red haven peach tree ($39.97), or bushes that grow fresh cobbler.
Paramount Aviation’s sky-savvy pilots groom aspiring aeronauts for flight in a four-seat Diamond Star DA-40 Aircraft. Pre-flight instruction preludes 45 minutes of flight time over western Michigan’s picturesque panoramas, where certified instructors coach students through the basics of flight without relying on repeated references to Top Gun. Students take a hand in the flight’s takeoff and landing, steering the cloud-clipper across the sky as their copilot cycles through the control panel’s major functions. Those seeking an in-flight cheering section can invite a guest along with today’s second option, ensuring an extra witness to their cloud-wrangling skills and any UFO sightings
Pioneered nearly 30 years ago by a Michigan farming family, Heffron Farms Markets dish up a bounty of naturally raised meats, organic dairy, and other wholesome edibles. Apple sausage links ($3.97 for 10) amplify morning protein levels in preparation for chicken-wing-ding ($2.75 for 16 oz.) lunches and thick-cut New York strip steak ($11.89 for 11 oz.) dinners. Toothsome dairy products such as eggs and Amish cheeses supply nutritive variety, and rainbows of individually quick-frozen fruits and vegetables fill in troublesome voids in food-pyramid ice sculptures. Pet owners can also stock up on eats for four-legged friends with ground chicken and bone dinners ($1.99), turkey gizzards ($2.69 for 16 oz.), and other chop-licking unmentionables. All prices may vary by location.
Growing up, C.V. Hunt spent more time around Christmas trees than the typical kid; during the summers, he'd make extra money helping out on Christmas tree farms, including one owned by his uncle. In 1980, he decided to open his own farm, naming it Hunt Tree Company. On 500 acres, he grows fraser firs, douglas firs, and other evergreens, some of which stand up to 12 feet tall.